by Kyle Swenson
PETA are not big fans of the circus. Caged animals forced to do tricks, the scary clowns, all those kids, etc, etc — you see where they're coming from, right? Actually, it's the former that really gets the international group steamed, and as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marches its three rings of fun into town this week, the animal rights group has a special proposition for some of you out there.
The organization is going to monitor the circus for any animal abuse. But they're not allowed behind the scenes, so the group is looking for a few good insiders to keep an eye on the circus staff and capture evidence of any wrongdoing. Specifically, today PETA blasted out a press release announcing it would pay a $500 price tag to any Quicken Loans Arena employees who score a photo or video of Ringling handlers using a bullhook on the elephants. The horses are pretty pissed they got left out of the deal.
A metal sharp-tipped poker, the bullhook is actually illegal in Ohio, although PETA claims that hasn't stopped the circus staff from sneaking in some hits with the object. Hence the bounty. Although the Plain Dealer reports a circus spokesmen has said the animals will be used as usual, with the bullhooks.
The group — well-known for their attempts to spread awareness of animal issues through eye-catching means — is also planning to protest outside the Q on the opening day of the circus, this Wednesday.